Climate change is a phenomenon that has been in the headlines recently – not least because the UK experienced the hottest day in July since records began. The temperature soared to 38.1°C in Cambridge on 25th July 2019, when similarly high temperatures were recorded across Europe.
It was even hotter in Paris on the same day, when the temperature hit a record high of 42.6°C. Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands also sweltered this July in the hottest heatwave in history, as a result of global warming – which is having a detrimental effect on our planet.
What is the greenhouse effect?
The temperature of the earth’s atmosphere is continually rising as a result of the greenhouse effect. Caused by ever-increasing levels of pollutants being released into the atmosphere, such as CFCs and carbon dioxide, this is making a hole in the ozone layer.
It’s known as the greenhouse effect because the gases in the earth’s atmosphere are letting in light, but trapping heat, in the same way as a greenhouse’s glass panes allow the sunlight in and retain the heat inside.
Scientists have made it clear that immediate action must be taken to reduce the damaging emissions and slow down global warming. If emissions aren’t reduced, global temperatures are on track to rise by around 6°C on average, leading to global disaster.
Scientists say it has already started at the planet’s poles, such as at the Arctic, which may end up ice-free after the summer melt season in only a few years, if global warming continues at its current rate.
It’s predicted that by 2050, the sea level will have risen by up to 2.3 feet if the glaciers continue to melt – a significant rise in sea levels has already been detected at the Gulf of Mexico and on the east coast of the United States.
What can we do to help?
So what is everyone doing about global warming? Some people are trying their best to reduce emissions and slow down global warming to protect our planet for future generations.
According to NASA, in order to slow down climate change, we must reduce the flow of heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We can do this by reducing the source of the gases, such as by burning less fossil fuel for electricity, transport and heat.
At the same time, we must enhance the places where the gases can accumulate, such as forests, soil and the sea. The ecosystem must be able to adapt to climate change gradually, rather than having it artificially speeded up by human interference.
What are companies doing?
Forward-thinking companies need to look ahead, complete a detailed risk assessment of how climate change will affect them, and equip themselves accordingly, so they can continue to function without adversely affecting the climate further.
In the business world, some global companies are already adapting to climate change and changing the way they work so they’re not adding to the problem. For example, the Swedish furniture-maker, Ikea, has invested in sustainability throughout its whole operation.
This includes its supply chain, where around 50% of Ikea’s wood is sourced from sustainable forests and 100% of its cotton comes from farms that practice Better Cotton standards – this means they use less water, chemical fertilisers and energy in the production processes.
Unilever has also made green investments and has turned sustainability into a major part of its corporate brand. First adopted as long ago as 2010, its Sustainable Living Plan sets targets for supply chain, sourcing and production. It covers everything from water and energy use, to the treatment of suppliers and their local communities.
How can we save energy at home?
As well as businesses changing their working practices to halt global warming, individuals can do their bit too. Even doing one small, simple thing can help – such as saving energy at home by turning off appliances and lights when they’re not being used, using low-energy light bulbs and switching to a renewable energy supplier.
Cut down on the excess use of electric appliances – for example, try to dry your clothes naturally, rather than in a tumble dryer, which uses around five times as much electricity as the washing machine.
If you have an old boiler that is more than 15 years old, replace it with a modern, eco-friendly alternative. This will save you money on bills, as well as helping the planet.
How can we keep cool and protect the planet?
Switch to reliable, energy-efficient and eco-friendly air conditioning units, such as the latest Turbocor chillers. Based on advanced technology, they are designed and manufactured to offer greater control and flexibility. This ensures they provide energy efficiency, making them ideal for commercial applications, including hotels and medium to large buildings which require air conditioning. They create the perfect balance between comfort, low consumption and flexibility.
Axial fans improve the heat exchange with reduced energy consumption. Danfoss Turbocor compressors deliver high efficiency with a compact footprint – this is the world’s first oil-free magnetic bearing compressor for the air conditioning industry.
When you need to keep cool, there’s no need to add to the problems of climate change and global warming if you choose an eco-friendly system. Klima-Therm’s products allow you to enjoy a high level of comfort, while remaining energy-efficient.
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